You can take the following steps to help prevent poultry on
your farm from getting bird flu from wild birds:
Keep poultry indoors.
Keep poultry away from areas
where wild birds are.
Make sure people who go into the poultry
houses have not been in contact with wild birds or in an area with the bird flu
Make sure equipment is cleaned and disinfected before you
bring it into the poultry house.
Do not keep bird feeders or create
duck ponds on your property. They may attract wild birds.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and
Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) works to keep bird flu out of poultry
farms located in the United States. You can find more information about its
program on the Web site:
Myths about the flu are everywhere. According to many experts, misconceptions and rumors about the flu are as hard to contain and as hard to fight as the virus itself.
“There are urban myths and rural myths about the flu,” says William Schaffner, MD, chairman of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. “Flu myths are everywhere.”
Unfortunately, flu myths are common even among the people who should know better, like health care workers...